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Mahomes, Watson and Jackson tipped to dominate NFL as Brady era declared ‘over’

The Tom Brady era of dominance in the NFL and AFC has been declared 'over'.

Fox Sports expert Nick Wright made the call on First Things First , claiming the 18-year monopoly of the AFC, between Brady, Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger, officially came to an end when the New England Patriots' loss to the Tennessee Titans last weekend.

The reigning Super Bowl champions were dumped out of this year's playoffs in the Wildcard Round, meaning the AFC-winning quarterback will not be one of the 'Big Three' for just the third time in 19 years.

And Wright believes the Patriots' failure to make the Divisional Round has spelled the end of the dynasty in Foxborough, as well as the start of a new period of domination in the AFC by quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson.

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On First Things First, he said: "It was over when they [the Patriots] lost to the [Miami] Dolphins in a game they never lose, in a way they never lose, in a place they never lose to AFC teams.

"At home, Week 17, bye on the line and you can't stop Ryan Fitzpatrick from driving the field to steal the be from you.

"Then it was officially ended by Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans – and former Patriot Logan Ryan with the pick six to end that football game.

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"This is how it goes. People can say 'they just won a Super Bowl last year, how can you say it's over?'

"Well, let's go to every dynasty in NFL history. The [Green Bay] Packers won three straight pro football championships – one pre-Super Bowl era and the other two were Super Bowls. They didn't make another Conference Championship game until Brett Favre got there.

"The next one was the Dolphins. the Dolphins made three straight Super Bowls, winning two in a row. They didn't make another Conference Championship game for nearly a decade.

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"The [Pittsburgh] Steelers won four out of six Super Bowls. Over the next 13 years, they made the Conference Championship once.

"The [San Francisco] 49ers won five in 14 years and were this close seemingly every year. Then it was 15 years with one Conference Championship game.

"The [Dallas] Cowboys won three out of four. They haven't been back to a Conference Championship game since.

"The [Buffalo] Bills went to four straight Super Bowls. Since their last Super Bowl, they have not been to a Conference Championship game.

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"When it's over, it's over. Whether Brady is there or not, what they will not have next year is elite quarterback play. What they will not have next year is high-level quarterback play – with or without Tom Brady.

"The Manning, Brady, Big Ben era of the AFC is done. The Lamar, Deshaun, Patrick Mahomes era is upon us.

"One of those three young men is going to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl for the first time and those three guys will trade it off over the next, I would imagine, 15 years, similar to how Manning, Brady and Big Ben did over the previous 18.

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"Those three guys have been to 16 of the last 18 Super Bowls in the AFC. I don't know that Paddy, Lamar and Deshaun will have that level of success, but it's going to be something close to it.

"So, with or without Tom Brady, to me, we saw the end of it [the Patriots dynasty] on the final day of the regular season and the official end of it this past Saturday."

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